The defending champions Exeter A started the defence of their title with a comfortable 8-1 win over teammates Exeter B. The A pairs of Sam Lees/Gary Bourner and Gareth Pearse/Jamie Samuels led the way with 3 wins each, with Sam Owens and Tom Phillips bagging a brace of wins. Luke Oxley and Peter Ford salvaged a point for the B team.
Queens A then inflicted a 7-2 reverse on Exeter B, with Nick Masson and Darren Frisby unbeaten. They were well supported by Tim Goode/Dave Spencer (2) and Nathan Scase/Ed Moffatt (2).
In Division 2, the St Leonards A team of Adrian Midmer, Mark Newson, Guy Sweetman, Charles Wardale, Tim Wardale and Adrian Wijay started their campaign with a fine 9-0 win over Cranford B.
Queens B welcomed Darren Ware into their team and he helped them beat a new look University team by an 8-1 margin. Sam O’Connell and Sam Allen rescued a point for the students.
In Division 3A, St Leonards C top the table after winning 2 of their first 3 matches. They started poorly losing 8-1 in an in-house derby to St Leonards B, with the B team pairs of Phil Matthews/Isaac Chung and Andy Rowe/Anthony Towl unbeaten.
The St Leonards C team of Allister Brimble, Andy Mann, Ali Rehemi, Martin Matthews, Lee Clatworthy and John Gubbin bounced back to beat 2 pair Ringswell B 9-0, and followed up with a battling 7-2 win over Otter Vale.
Otter Vale picked up their first win beating Ringswell B 8-1. Again Ringswell could only muster 2 pairs whilst Otter Vale’s points came courtesy of Brian Deem/Mark Brown (3), Dan Clark/Ray Puttick (3) and Charles Smith/Tim Hall (2).
Only 1 match has been played in Division 3B - a 5-4 thriller between Honiton and Clyst Vale. Honiton edged the win thanks to an unbeaten performance by Roger Tucker and Ethan Leach. The match was tied at 4-4 until Shane Bowring and Simon Walker beat Clyst Vales Phil Mawdesley and Gary Lacey Mills 21-15, 21-18 to seal the win for Honiton.